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While putting your coworker’s stapler in Jell-O seems hilarious, it’s not appropriate for every office environment. Here are some ideas for playful and harmless April Fool’s Day fun:

Put a note on the coffee maker, microwave or toaster that says “Voice Activated”. Listen to your coworkers try to make toast by talking to inanimate objects.

Have problems with a lunch thief? How about pranking them by disguising your lunch as a moldy sandwich? Of course, the sandwich isn’t moldy, but looks like it through these fun lunch bags:

They will never steal your sandwich again.

If a coworker leaves his computer unlocked and unattended, change his favorite desktop image or screensaver. This works especially well if your coworker is a Detroit Lions fan and you change his desktop to Green Bay Packers….not that I’ve done this one before.

Convince everyone in the office to call one member by the wrong name or a funny name. Your boss, Ben, will have no idea why everyone is calling him Captain America.

And the best prank of all? Nothing! If you’re a frequent prankster, sit back and watch your coworkers squirm as they try to figure out what you’ve done (even though you’ve done nothing). For extra points, smirk and say things like “how’s your coffee this morning?”

Disclaimer: have fun, but avoid pranks that are harmful to others or cause damage to another’s property, and avoid wasting a lot of time. And definitely don’t switch the coffee from decaf to regular or vice versa without warning.

What are some of your favorite office pranks?

Thank Yous

Personally, I am a huge proponent of thank you cards. Not only do they come in many different adorable patterns, themes and colors but they are also one of the most sincere ways to say thank you.  Nothing expresses gratitude better than a hand written note. Thank you cards can be used for a variety of occasions or reasons but incorporating them into your work routine can be a small but powerful way to get noticed.

A hand written thank you is possibly one of the best follow-ups to an interview. It not only shows your future boss that you are serious about the opportunity but it also demonstrates that you are both respectful and courteous. Sending a thank you card can make you stand out above other candidates you are competing against and could possibly be the deciding factor on whether you get the position over someone else.

Another great opportunity to send a thank you is when a co-worker goes above and beyond. Did someone really help you out in a bind? Did someone step up to ensure a project deadline was met? A thank you card can be an unexpected and unique way to communicate how grateful you are for their efforts.

No matter the reason, a thank you card is always appreciated. I constantly see thank you cards displayed proudly on my co-workers desks as they are kept as mementos of appreciation. When you get ready to write your next thank you, make sure you keep these helpful hints in mind:

Be timely – Ideally, a thank you should be sent or presented to the recipient within a week of the thank-provoking action. However, don’t let this discourage you if you somehow get caught up, the old saying applies ‘better late than never.’

Be specific – The perfect thank you directly acknowledges the reason for the card. Make sure you tell the recipient exactly why you are so grateful.

Be polished – To be most effective, make sure you dot all your I’s and cross all your T’s by checking that your spelling and grammar are correct. A sloppy thank you can mask its true purpose and quickly be disregarded.

Be you – Any card that is aligned with your personal brand and can remind your recipient that you sent them this sweet note is a plus. It will be an everyday reminder of your graciousness.

Be prepared – Always have a variety of thank you cards at your desk. This allows you to be prepared and able to write a quick thank you when the opportunity presents itself.  Having multiple styles of thank you cards also lets you personalize your thank you for the individual recipient. This makes it feel heartfelt and not generic in nature.

So, who will you be sending your next thank you to?

You stare at your desktop at least 8 hours a day. Why not make it a work of art?

Meet my fellow teammate’s desktop:

full desktop

As you can see from her full desktop, she’s a very busy person but her desktop lacks some simple organization. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there right now whose desktops look just like this. Fear not! Below are 5 great ways to not only organize your desktop, but also give you a beautiful piece of art to look at throughout the day.

First – There are a few basic customization tools and skins you can use to get desktops just like these.

Rainmeter (PC desktop customization template)

GeekTool (Mac desktop customization template)

Organizational Wallpapers

Fences (PC-only desktop icon organizer)

1. Are you a landscape/tech lover?

tech desktop

Get this look: RainmeterSimple Media add on for clock and date

2. Are you more of a romantic?

romantic desktop

Get this look: Eiffel Tower Wallpaper, Rainmeter (use Luana 1.2 for Orange Tiles & Me for Calendar)

3. Want a desktop that’s more organized than your office?

organized desktop

Get this look: Office Wallpaper then place your icons on the virtual shelves. (If only organizing your actual office was this easy!)

4. Calvin and Hobbes fan anyone?

Calvin and Hobbes desktop

Get this look: Rainmeter, Calvin and Hobbes font, Additional Directions

5. Lastly, for the super organized desktop user.

super organized desktop

Get this look: Desktop Organizer Template

What are some tricks you use to keep your desktop organized?

Valentine ’s Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t prepared any celebrations for your office yet, we are here to help!  Below are 5 HON-inspired Valentine’s Day greetings that you may share with your coworkers this holiday:

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Your support helps Accelerate my productivity!

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I am so thankful that you are part of our Flock®!

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I appreciate your hard work from the Nucleus® of my heart!

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I hope we stay friends for 10500 more years!

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I can’t Contain my appreciation for you!

What are some of the fun ways you celebrate Valentine’s Day in the office?

‘There’s an app for that!’ is a phrase I commonly hear from my younger, technology-immersed brother.  Much to the dismay of my fellow Millennials, I rarely use my phone as anything other than a communication tool. However, as I wander down technology lane, I admit that I find myself drawn to its efficiency.

As a child of the ‘Era of Efficiency’ that is today, I find that effective productivity delivers results. Here are a few pointers from a self-proclaimed Task Master:

Plan It: As I reflect on my college years, I often wonder how I made it through without Outlook. From setting tasks to reminders or generally planning the day with the Outlook Calendar, I’ve found that scheduling time (and knowing when your meetings are) is beneficial to accomplishing your priorities. If you don’t make time for something, it’s not going to happen!

Communicate: Ever find yourself composing an email that has somehow turned into a novel? While it may be easier to splatter ink across the page, it’s best to keep it succinct. Make sure that your communication, whether it’s an email, phone call, or IM, includes relevant information in a concise format.  A lengthy email may nail out all the details, but a short one encourages a full read.

Take a Break: When the 2 p.m. mid-afternoon slump hits you full force, sometimes it’s better to get up and get moving! Energize yourself to shake off the nap-time feeling and seize the afternoon. If you start to lose focus and daydream (of course, this never happens), grab a drink or take a short stroll. You’d be surprised what a quick trip to the kitchenette can do!

Cut it Out: The world is full of magnificent things: roses, waterfalls, sunrises, and, of course, computer keyboard shortcuts. When I discovered the simple beauty of Ctrl +C, my world became much more fluid. However, it’s not just copy/paste –rather, any inefficiency that encumbers you. Try using the tab key while typing in fields and saving Favorites so they’re easier to find. By cutting the fat, it’ll streamline your technique and bolster your output.

Stick to It: If you’re a serial snooze-button hitter, this tip is for you. After you’ve planned your day, put it into practice. Getting distracted by the cupcakes in the break room or sidetracked by the latest gossip is a productivity killer. If you find that interruptions cause you to lose your train of thought and throw your schedule out the window, don’t be so available. Go over to the commons area or book yourself a meeting room.  A few minutes of heads down work occasionally fits the bill!

Efficiency looks different depending on the circumstance or situation – find what works best for you. While technology lane can be a bit bumpy at times, its benefits are abundant. Tips or tricks on working efficiently? Share them in the comments below!

In today’s office furniture industry, the trend is leaning toward more open and collaborative workspaces.  Even though the need for these types of spaces is growing, we still see a need for private workspaces as well.  Whether they be private offices or touchdown areas such as conference rooms, individuals need a place to go with minimal distractions and privacy.

Here at HON we offer several solutions for each type of workspace:

Shown first is a very open and collaborative work area.  This work environment allows members to easily work together and bounce ideas off each other.

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Here is another open space example that offers a bit more privacy without sacrificing that sense of team and collaboration.

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Here is an example of a private room that may be used when a member needs to make a personal or private phone call at HON HQ.

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This space offers a private environment for those who may be working with more sensitive information on a daily basis.  The higher panels offer more privacy while still keeping the member in the open environment with their peers.

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What are some of your tips for creating privacy in an open office environment?

Pantone has recently revealed the 2015 color of the year, and it is… Marsala (yes, just like the sauce)!

Not only does this color taste great, but it is taking over the red carpet! The rich, earthy, and classic tone of Marsala translates perfectly to a stunning red carpet dress, a sophisticated accent wall, or a timeless fabric choice for chairs, couches, or pillows. This color may be the Color of the Year 2015, but I don’t think this color will go out of style anytime soon.

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HON, being so fashion-forward in work place solutions, offers great fabric choices in shades of Marsala as seen below. These fabrics are great choices to spice up your tired-looking cubicles with shades and pops of this trendy color! Mix with rich woods or polished grays for a refreshingly modern office space.

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What do you think of the Color of the Year, Marsala?

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